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The high performance camp leading into the Asian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Hong Kong and Singapore concludes Monday, and several Eagles are back on the field following an injury. Some are still on the shelf, but all are trying to get back for the Olympics.
Even Kevin Swiryn and Brett Thompson, both of whom suffered torn ACLs in January, and Nic Edwards, who broke his leg during the Americas Rugby Championship, have a chance to get back before Rio.
“Rehab’s going well, and it’s going to be tight, but they’re not written off,” said coach Mike Friday of his players who recently underwent surgery. “They’ve got a chance.”
Martin Iosefo played very well in Vancouver, but he was still not fully recovered from some bone bruising. The week of recovery between Vancouver and the current camp likely helped.
Will Holder suffered a concussion and a fractured orbital bone in Las Vegas, but he was already back in camp. Zack Test sat out Vancouver while recovering from a concussion he took in Vegas, but he’s also back up for contention.
After missing both Wellington and Sydney, Maka Unufe suffered a separated shoulder on day one in Las Vegas. He was capable of playing in Vancouver, but Friday and his staff saw it best to let him rest a little longer. He’s also up for selection again.
Steven Tomasin did not participate in camp, but Friday expects the budding halfback to compete for a spot on the final leg of the World Series in London and Paris.